Why Is China Investing Billions in Africa? | NowThis World

China has invested billions of dollars into the continent of Africa to build massive infrastructure projects in African countries. Much of this infrastructure is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an estimated 1 trillion dollar plan to connect the country to trade routes all over the world.
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While China’s Belt and Road Initiative was only proposed in 2013, the country’s first infrastructure project on the African continent was built decades ago. The TazaHra railway, completed in 1976, was built to connect copper mines in Zambia to Dar EH Salaam, Tanzania’s former capital. The TazHara railway was the first infrastructure project built on a pan-African scale.

China’s Belt and Road projects will be designed to create new trade routes within and between African countries. In 2017, a Chinese firm opened a railway network in Kenya, connecting its capital Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa. There are already plans to extend this network into South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Many observers worry that African countries won’t be able to pay back these debts, placing them in what’s been called a quote “debt trap.” But others think that as African countries rise economically, they could actually have the upper hand by the time they negotiate payments back to China. This explains why African leaders have been so confident in calling Chinese investment a “win-win.”

But is China’s investment in the continent actually a “win-win” as some African and Chinese leaders have said? OR is it just a new form of colonialism on a continent that’s experienced so much of it? In this episode, we’re examining China’s Belt and Road Initiative and what it might mean for Africa.

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36 thoughts on “Why Is China Investing Billions in Africa? | NowThis World”

  1. Ethiopia averaged 10% gdp growth in the last 10 years better than the India miracle, if the whole Africa goes th e w ay as the Ethiopia th en Africans which account for 20%. World population will join chines3 20% world population and south Asians and southeast Asians to be the majority of humanity governing global affairs according to majority rule.

  2. At the UN General Assembly, 43 africa countries support China, And China regards them as brothers…. african do not have TV sets, no electricity and water conservancy, no transportation and buildings, China has very low profits to help them, so Westerners are very dissatisfied, especially in the United States. Today, african are once again difficult to be colonising Africa by Westerners

  3. Still the same thing but a completely different approach these countries can't pay back this enormous bill they can't even run their own country, with out their puppet masters. Good to see development but the cost is high

  4. I'm a Ghanaian teen. I'm into Tech and i believe Africa and Asia are the future, others know this as well. Therefore, i'm pretty sure China is aware and they're up to something evil with all these loans they're giving us. For short, they're trying to make us indebted to them thereby totally taking care a potential competition.

  5. Ugh Oh just like I read in the liberation of the African Mind. European Man came from the west. Arabs from the North and Asian man from the east.

  6. Even if the investment is shady, it's not unpleasant like Americans or Europeans….. I mean China is actually showing peace and progress rather than words of pity….. All I have seen growing up is people of West pitying Africa and Middle East like they themselves are better.

  7. This is why China will win the long game and win the 21st century … they are actually adding value to Africa they are coming in good faith, it’s only a win if both parties walk away happy, and for now that seems to be so, unlike America whose currently trying to overthrow Venezuela’s President, imposing crippling sanctions just to do so even contemplating military intervention smh

  8. The West has never bothered about Africa. To the west, Africa is dirt, there's nothing to gain there. BUT when China believe in the people of Africa and started to invest there, the west started to make noise, all kinds of noise,…..not out of concern for Africa, which the west will never be. They are annoyed and angry that China is investing in Africa….that's it..they wont invest in Africa but they are angry and against China is investing in Africa.

  9. What a stupid host is this talking about China neocolonialism in Africa. The host need to refer to the English dictionary and get a lesson in history to know the true meaning of neocolonialism. China has never colonize Africa and to interject this term on China means the host is making fake news.

  10. Hey look at that, a NOW THIS video that isn't complete propaganda. But of course the audience you sowed for yourself is incapable of even hearing the points made in this video. This is on you NOW THIS. This is your doing. Sit in it and enjoy, because this is what you wanted.
    the people in the comment section here don't realize NOW THIS is trying to make the woke argument here, against capitalism and "buying Africa" but they completely missed the woker point.

  11. Africa just getting teed up to be China's China. Pay the Africans little to uplift them out of poverty.
    Its not a bad deal, but instability and tribalism will probably blow up their infrastructure.
    Or the chinese can just seize ports and mines to settle their debts.

  12. It matters not if its a debt trap or not. China investing in countries with BRI will further fund they're ultimate goal in space. Spaced based solar power stations. They're space program will need massive finance to build this SBPS station. After collecting solar power from it, beam it back to earth and countries in the BRI would be powered, as well as internet. No reason to think China wont accomplish this. Once African countries modernize through China investments and infrastructure those countries will feel beholden to China. Huge mistake by the west to no invest this way in Africa, South America and other countries. Only president Trump supports this kind of investment. Yes, its massive cost up front to modernize any nation, let alone several, but over the long haul you earn loyalty and profits galore. Its worked in China as the nation isn't held hostage by Xi, they believe because they are getting something. Modernization and growth. Same will go for these other countries. As Trump attempts a revitalization of the US economy by way of derailing the central banking system, he intends to invest more heavily in South America, much like China has done with Africa. Problem is, every four years there's an election and any new Democrat president will certainly derail this, much like how Obama killed larger investments abroad and domestically.

    China's future lies in space mining on the moon, asteroids and other bodies. They've already targeted a asteroid estimated ore worth of 20 trillion dollars and plan to control free fall it to earth and mine it in the 2030's. China plans to be the worlds leading Space Nation by 2040. If the USA has not established a mining directive in space to rival this, stays on the central banking system and fails to develop zero point energy China will succeed. Over the last 17 years, China has hit nearly every space program deadline, have no reason to think they wont meet this one given current world politics. We could very well see a blooming African Space Agency within the next decade even. China isn't looking for more mouths to feed of other nations, its looking to develop and create business partners of these nations to reduce the time it would take to mine space and beat the USA to it.

    President Trump in the USA already recognizes this and just this week solidified new Space plans with Japan, and other nations. China though adding other nations to potential future space programs must complete with multiple space programs of the US. NASA, Blue Origin and Space X, and possibly others. However they will all work within the confines or given roles. Space X for heavy lift and transport, colony building on the Moon and Mars. Blue Origin the same with more and more emphasis on mining on the moon, and LEO transport. Someone better tell Jack Ma to form a Space Company her certainly could afford or fund one.

  13. So you western people colonized and abused Africa, and now when China is willing to help Africa which you would not, you call it colinization and try to create hate between Africa and China. I'm just sick of these western hypocrisy.

  14. The title says" why is China investing in Africa", I thought the content is supposed to list out reasons China want to invest in Africa, the benefits for China, but it seems that the presenter talks mainly about how the investment will affect African countries.

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